Prospectus

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Language and the Mind

Course 2010-2011

Admission requirements

A course for MA students with a considerable philosophical background.

Description

An intensive course in John Searle’s writings on language and the mind. The course aims to relate topics from philosophy of language, such as speech acts, fiction, metaphor, meaning and reference, to the problem how thought and perception can be thought and perception of an object. According to Searle philosophy of language is a branch of the philosophy of mind, but how is this possible given that we seem to have access to the mind only through language.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.

Timetable

See Timetables Master’s Programmes 2010-2011

Mode of instruction

Seminar

Assessment method

  • Presentation
  • Paper

Blackboard

Reading list

  • John Searle, Expression and Meaning; Studies in the Theory of Speech Acts, Cambridge, 1979
  • John Searle, Intentionality; An Essay in the Philosophy of Mind, Cambridge, 1983

Registration

Please register for this course on uSis. See registration procedure

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply

Contact information

Dr. M.S. van der Schaar: m.v.d.schaar@phil.leidenuniv.nl

Remarks

Specialisation: History and Philosophy of the Sciences